Voluntary Humility and Love (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 151)
John 10:17-18 (NLT)
“The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”
Jesus Christ is the greatest example of humility, love, and service. He is the epitome of what it means to trust and obey God with all your heart and willingly yield to God the Father’s will. Yielding our lives to God’s service begins with laying down our lives so He can use it for His glory. We cannot continue to run our lives and expect God to be able to manifest His will through us at the same time.
Because Jesus willingly went to the cross in obedience to God’s will, He not only paved the way for us to obtain eternal life, but He showed us how important it is to listen, trust, and obey the Heavenly Father. Jesus had all the power in the world. He could have chosen to not go to the cross. He could have decided not to even bother coming to earth as a baby, being questioned, and being betrayed by one of His own. Instead, he chose to yield Himself in humility.
Humility is the greatest attitude a believer can possess. Humility precedes service, commitment, trust, and obedience. The minute God finds men and women willing to submit to His will without question, is the moment He will show forth HIs glory and power in amazing and blessed ways. Removing self from the equation will produce a total sum of all God and nothing else. Not one thing is lost, everything is gained, when we come to the realization that God is all.
“Being filled with the Spirit is simply this – having my whole nature yielded to His power. When the whole soul is yielded to the Holy Spirit, God Himself will fill it.”
— Andrew Murray